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Gov. Pritzker Takes Series of Pro-Worker Actions Just Days Into Term

Gov. Pritzker Takes Series of Pro-Worker Actions Just Days Into Term

SPRINGFIELD — Just days into his term of office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week signaled an abrupt about-face in government relations with organized labor after four years of rancor. The Democrat took a series of pro-worker actions, highlighted by reinstatement of long-postponed, experience-based salary increases for state workers represented by the American Federation of State,…read more

Lawmaker Wants Townships With Big Bank Accounts to Return Money to Taxpayers

Lawmaker Wants Townships With Big Bank Accounts to Return Money to Taxpayers

SHELBYVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ill. (IRN) — A township in central Illinois that had overtaxed residents for years is returning more than $735,000 to local property taxpayers, a rare rebate that one lawmaker said he wants to see happen in more of the state’s 1,400 townships. Shelbyville Township recently returned $735,000 back property taxpayers because its reserve…read more

WAY OFFERS SERVICES THROUGH 2-1-1 CALL

WAY OFFERS SERVICES THROUGH 2-1-1 CALL

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The United Way offers a toll free help line for you to find social services. 2-1-1 covers most of Illinois and it offers names and contact information for things like warming centers, rent assistance and even job search. 2-1-1 is available from any land line or cell phone. Cathy Vaisvill is the…read more

Serve Others On MLK Day

Serve Others On MLK Day

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Today is a national day of service. The Martin Luther King holiday marks the largest volunteer day of year. And the Executive Director of Serve Illinois Scott McFarland says it’s a great time to find new ways to lend a hand. The website is serve.Illinois.gov.read more

Gun advocates eye court challenge after Pritzker signs gun dealer licensing bill

Gun advocates eye court challenge after Pritzker signs gun dealer licensing bill

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure putting more regulations on gun dealers in Illinois, red tape that a group representing the industry said could put them out of business.   At an event inside a Chicago school, surrounded by the city’s police superintendent, mayor, other elected officials and gun control advocacy groups,…read more

Emergency Need for Blood & Platelets

Emergency Need for Blood & Platelets

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations. Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few weeks, partly because of the normal lull in donations during the time after the holidays, and partly due to the winter weather that slammed the Midwest last…read more

Lawmaker says gas tax will be last resort for funding infrastructure bill

Lawmaker says gas tax will be last resort for funding infrastructure bill

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The lawmaker who is expected to lead an Illinois House transportation committee said the state needs an infrastructure plan to address aging roads and bridges across the state said that all other funding options will be considered before talk turns to higher taxes. During his inaugural address, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said it’s…read more

Could Snow Days Become Instructional Days in Illinois?

Could Snow Days Become Instructional Days in Illinois?

ILLINOIS (RFD) — A law under the Bruce Rauner administration has left open the possibility that snow days could be considered ‘instructional days’ in Illinois schools, leaving open the possibility that school districts may not lose that day of instruction. Superintendent of Clinton Schools in DeWitt County, Curt Nettles says with the change in the…read more

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